Re: [OM] Modifying Olympus Screens

Subject: Re: [OM] Modifying Olympus Screens
From: Mark Dapoz <md@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 10:55:05 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 22 Nov 2000, Frank van Lindert wrote:

> With the new screen  (the one to be modified) embedded in the mould,
> it must be much easier to put a ruler on the screen to guide the
> blade. Or more precisely (if the edges have the right thickness!) to
> put a ruler just above the screen, with a few microns of air in
> between. The rubber-like material will prevent the ruler from
> shifting.
> Please comment on these ideas...

I'm certain your idea would work and would definitly help, but I think the
biggest problem is the lack of control of the cutting blade.  Ideally you want
to keep the blade perfectly vertical and keep the downward force exerted on
the blade constant for all the cuts.  To do that you would need some kind of
a jig to hold the blade.  A simple setup which uses a rail and slider could
be manufactured easily.  Making such a jig with the base as you described
would probably be easier to manufacture using either plexiglass or aluminum.
Especially if you have access to a CNC machine :-)

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